Anything and Everything! I love to learn new skills and develop my current skill set.
What do you like to sew?
I have an obsession with t-shirt, or jersey, material. I’ve made scarfs, necklaces, purses, dresses, skirts, blankets…all from old t-shirts.
What do you do when you’re not at Bib & Tucker?
I’m a wife and mother which keeps me busy, plus I maintain a full time job as an accountant.
What does Bib & Tucker mean to you? Bib & Tucker is the highlight of my work week! I look forward to the fellowship, talks, laughs that we have every Tuesday. It means learning (getting my questions answered) by an expert in person, who also happens to be a friend. It means support and appreciation for my art. I love to bring the ladies stuff I’ve made cause they always have great things to say!
Who inspired you to start sewing? When did you start?
My mom. She was an excellent seamstress, but I only learned the basics from her. When she passed two years ago, I started sewing on her machine to hear it and feel close to her. It gives me peace and fulfillment to create things. Most of the things I create I give away which gives me more good feelings.
Where are you from?
I was born in Albertville, AL, but I’ve lived in Birmingham for the last 24 years. I currently live in Hueytown, AL.
What is your favorite thing about Woodlawn?
Being a part of the revitalization is exciting! I love old buildings, so seeing more of them become used again is encouraging.
What is your favorite color? Why?
My favorite color is blue. It is calming to me and makes me think of water. Water is so magical to me. In a stream, it looks consistent, but at each moment it changes, never to be the same again. It takes on the form of any container it’s in. Able to keep the internal properties the same, but take on any shape or form on the outside. Water is resilient and persistent. If you try to damn it up, it will find a way thru. One tiny hole, beaten by drops of water will become a giant hole over time, one tiny stream will become a river over time.
What school did you go to? What was your favorite subject or who was your favorite teacher?
Hoover High School. My favorite subject was math. It has taken me many years to merge my “math” brain with my “creative” brain.
What is a story (try to be nice) that you can tell about another member?
I enjoy listening to our wise members that tell me about how things used to be in Birmingham. It’s very interesting to hear their stories. What is something you want to tell the other members about yourself, our community?
I did not think I was an artist until recently. I thought the title should be reserved for people who make money from their art. But I’ve learned that we are all artists whenever we create with our hands. I think as kids we are born with a desire to create art and kids don’t care whether the art is good or bad or beautiful or ugly. A lot of adults have lost the confidence to create and to feel proud of their art, and I want to encourage all people to rethink this. We are all artists and we’d love to help you (re)discover the joy of creating.